I am looking to buy a 2.3 HOT Aero. THis will be my 4th SAAB and I've never had a bad one. After the demise of the 900 and then 9000 I have flirted around the car market with different manufacturers. I currently own an S-Type (another fantastic retro styled model leaving the forecourts), however, the look of the 9-5 is still very distinctive.
There is only one thing I detest about the interior and that is the cheesey cup holder on the dashboard. How can any real driver like that. My thoughts are, if you do, then please hand in your licence as you're not fit to drive a real car.
In context tho' I will still be buying my new Areo before the end of the year and look forward to many years of continued SAAB comfort and safety.
I have owned a Vector 3.0V6 TiD for almost 3 years. It's quiet, fast, spacious and comfortable - a very easy car to drive. Fuel economy is excellent for such a big, big-engined car - I can easily average 46 plus mpg over a mixture of town and fast A-road driving. Dealer service can be patchy - I've tried two and one was useless and the other (which I continue to use) is absolutely first rate. Prices are pretty reasonable considering the complexity of the engine etc. Reliability has also been excellent - no breakdowns at all in almost 3 years.
Saab 95 linear 02 with some mods. I bought this car out of sinapore where, being a one one owner car with only 45k on the clock the owner ( typiclly asian ) had had some pretty expensive mods done too.New wheels tyres and sports suspension ( looks great)total sports Stainless exhaust) and a few other bits. Apart from that the car is standard. Its a love hate relationship, i would'nt buy one again and pleased i did,nt buy this one without a three year very comprehensive insuance policy against faults. Love the drive and the power and comfort. BUT.First week, fault with airbad dash light. Then, heater stopped working. then complete auto failure and needed a complete rebuild, next front drivers side iniversal bearing colapsed,now the sid unit works intermittetly. All this in just eight months, i,m glad i,m not paying the bills.
I bought my 9-5 Aero in mint condition last year for a fraction of what a new one would cost, and it has proven to be an absolute bargain and I'm totaly satisfied with it.
In terms of comfort and practicality I can't fault this car. The car's leather seats are high quality, they even have heaters. The back seats have acres of room and the boot is very spacious. The equipment levels are also very high, I love the drink holders and swivel reading light, the climate control and stereo is very good and the car has a great sun roof.
In terms of fuel economy and reliability, well all I can say is I've never had any problems with my car, and if you can avoid using the accelerator to much it's fuel economy is not realy that bad. But if you want a car which is more economical go for the more mundane SE model or a Mondeo.
In terms of style and performance, well this is the best part of the Aero. The car's look are stunning and it can feel like your sitting in a aircraft. The Aero can eat up the motorway, but it's also great for just cruising along at a leasurely pace.
It's acceleration is suprisingly fast for a 2.3 litre engine car of this size and it's power is even more suprising at mid-range speeds. One of the best things about the Aero is its ability to deflate the ego's of other drivers who don't know what the Aero is capable of, particularly the German hordes. Just watch it in wet weather though!
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